Bernal History Project

Bernal Heights is a hilltop village, tucked away in the southern part of San Francisco. Freeways and urban thoroughfares now bound a neighborhood once defined by the swamps and creeks of the original Mexican land grant. From the 1860s legend of Widow O'Brien's cow to the current fight over the preservation of the branch library's murals, residents have tirelessly guarded and recorded their environment. Bernal is diverse, vibrant, and still evolving.

Bernal Heights from 26th and Fair Oaks 1921 - David Gallagher

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Historic Bernal News
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  • Wanton Thieves January 10, 1882 San Francisco Chronicle

    Daniel Mahoney, a well-grown youth, was before Judge Rix yesterday morning with the recommendation of a couple of officers for his incarceration in the Industrial School. When arrested the culprit was engaged with a number of other boys in skinning a horse in a gully near Bernal Heights. The officers claim that the gang is a regularly organized one, who have for some time past made a business of stealing horses and other animals, which they would drive to some convenient spot in the hills and kill, the object being the possession of the hides, which they sold for whatever they could get.

    For lack of important evidence the case was continued without disposition.